Fiat has presented a new trim range for both three-door and convertible 500s whose name is inspired by the company’s two-cylinder engine. The new TwinAir range has received bespoke styling touches and has an improved specifications list, such as a satin chrome finished grille and black alloys. It also comes with a rear boot spoiler, chrome-tipped exhaust and a piano black roof – which Fiat claims are meant to make this new line-up have the “fun to drive” factor.
For the interior, there are part-leather sports seats as well as a satin chrome finished dashboard. A 0.9-litre TwinAir petrol engine is what’s powering all the versions. It enables the vehicle to sprint from zero to 60mph in 11 seconds and to reach a top speed of 108mph.
There are two equipment levels available. The TwinAir level comes with a set of 15-inch Total Black alloys, sports kit, stop-start and electric mirrors as standard equipment.
Meanwhile, the TwinAir Plus level features 16-inch wheels, air-con, leather steering wheel with radio controls, fog lights, brake assist and hill holder systems. Vauxhall hasn’t provided the pricing information yet but it has confirmed that the new TwinAir range will arrive in the UK at the start of summer. In Italy, it has a starting price of 12,900 euro so a similar cost is anticipated.
With the new TwinAir 85 HP two-cylinder engine, the Fiat 500 takes further its commitment to protect the environment by reducing fuel consumption and harmful emissions. This commitment is further reinforced by the launch of the second-generation 1.3 MultiJet engine that provides up to 95 HP of output at an impressive eight injections per cycle. Moreover, the new 1.3 MultiJet II boasts of up to 38-percent better low rpm torque delivery and up to six-percent lower carbon dioxide emissions.
Both the saloon and cabrio versions of the fiat 500 are available with the Start&Stop system that could shut down, albeit temporarily, the engine when the car is at a halt, and then revives the powerplant as needed – resulting to up to 12-percent lower urban cycle average consumption.
Moreover, the new Fiat 500 range comes installed with eco:Drive software that could analyze driving behavior and help boost fuel efficiency and lower emissions through the USB port of the Blue&Me system. With these attributes, the Fiat 500 urges drivers to adopt a more responsible, eco-friendly driving behavior.
This commitment has driven Fiat to become the most environmental friendly among the top 10 brands in Europe – featuring an average carbon emission level of 127.8 g/km, according to Jato Dynamics. In comparison, the average figure for the market was 145.8 g/km.
Boosting these numbers is the surprising growth of methane, which is considered the most environment-friendly and also cost-effective fuel currently available on the market. Just around 10 years, Fiat decided to offer factory-fitted methane systems (OEM).
Now, Fiat is on top of the methane systems market in Europe among OEMs, selling so far almost 400,000 Natural Power units, including 14 bi-fuel (methane/petrol) models. The new TwinAir 85 HP engine should be able to increase the appeal and global success of the Fiat 500, as proven by its 52 awards earned from around the world.
Moreover, the Italian brand was able to sell 500,000 units of the Fiat 500 in just 31 months after its release. Fiat has launched the “500 Thousandth” Web initiative to celebrate this important milestone, aiming to create the Fiat 500 Thousandth show car which has a body that’s fully covered with 1,500 pictures of owners, celebrities and enthusiasts.
This “collective car” stays true to the spirit of the original Fiat 500, as potential customers play a vital role during the earliest stages of design. Since May 3, 2006, the "500 wants you" project has attracted quite a number of Fiat 500 enthusiasts from around the world, all of which were surveyed to extract suggestions on what they want from the future car.
Fiat Automobiles designers and engineers carefully considered these suggestions and transformed them into practical objectives that should be achieved by creating solutions that match customer expectations as close as possible. As a result, the Fiat 500 could be deemed as a car created by the people with their ideas. Now, fiat500.com boasts of 120,000 active users from 206 different countries.